This is a lot easier than it looks! I've been using cedar planks to cook salmon for years. The one I used for this recipe I bought at Williams-Sonoma and it's a nice size but if you don't have access to them you can use cedar planks from a lumbar yard. Just make sure that it's untreated and cut to the right length.
To prepare the cedar for cooking you need to soak it in water for a couple of hours before cooking. I've read where you need to add salt to the water that you're soaking it in but I really can't see where that serves any purpose at all.
The salmon that I selected is a side of king salmon but you can use smaller filets if you like. I prefer the taste of king salmon over sockeye salmon or other varieties. This is something I'm a stickler about.
For this recipe I removed the skin and placed the salmon on what would be the skin side down. I seasoned it lightly with potlatch seasoning. If you don't have potlach just sprinkle some salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper over it or you could even use a nice Cajun spice mix. Something like "Slap Yo Momma". :)
Meanwhile in a small sauce pan mix the following:
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup chopped Jalapeno peppers
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
Bring to a low boil and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Let mixture cool and then spoon over salmon just before placing it on grill (or after you place it on the grill).
I prepared my grill and had red hot coals- the temperature was around 400 degrees. You want it to be on indirect heat if possible or have the coals to where they will not flame up and catch the board on fire. I closed the lid of my grill and cooked it for 30- 40 minutes and then checked on it. The internal temperature of the fish needs to be around 140 degrees to ensure doneness.
The end result of cooking this way is a steamed, light and flaky fish! It was delicious and flavorful it had a slight kick but was by no means too spicy.
And look how impressive this looks! It's a beaut
Life on the lake is laid back. When we cook it's far from being fancy affair. It's all about relaxing with friends and family and enjoying comfort food. More often than not it's not all that healthy but boy it sure is good!!!
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